From River Street to Tybee Island, Savannah and the Lowcountry are ready to ring in 2015! Check out our list to see what's available for the biggest party night of the year, plus a few options if you're feeling ambitious the next day: DEC. 31 Fireworks at Tybee Midnight. Dec. 31. Tybee Island Pier & Pavilion. Tybee Island will ring in 2015 with a New Year's Eve fireworks celebration, igniting the open sky with one of the largest firework displays in the Southeast. Enjoy the fireworks from the pier, the beach or anywhere on the eastern side of the island. This popular annual event, which has become a Tybee tradition, is free and open to the public. Go to www.visittybee.com or call 912-786-5444. City Market Celebration 9 p.m. Dec. 31. Savannah City Market, 219 W. Bryan St. Ring in the New Year at City Market with an outdoor street party. Live music starts at 9 p.m. and lasts until 1 a.m. Free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required. Learn more at www.savannahcitymarket.com. Up the Cup NYE Celebration8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 31. Rousakis Plaza, River Street. Ring in the New Year on Historic River Street. Celebrate the end of the year with our second Up the Cup Countdown. Don't miss the live music and our non-traditional "ball drop" with a Savannah twist. Count down the final seconds of 2014 as we raise our six-foot to-go cup to the New Year! The countdown will start right before midnight, followed by a fireworks display to officially ring in 2015. For a full schedule of entertainment, go to www.riverstreetsavannah.com. Read more about the event here. Zach Deputy at Barrelhouse South9 p.m. Dec. 31. Barrelhouse South, 125 W. Congress St. Zach Deputy is coming home and is performing a live New Year's Eve concert at Barrelhouse South. Talk about intimate: Only 150 tickets are available. He has even agreed to play for five hours! That's right, five hours of amazing "island-Infused drum 'n' bass gospel ninja soul." Tickets are $25 in advance and $40 at the door, or $75 for VIP, which includes open bar and re-entry. There will be a free champagne toast at midnight. Learn more at Facebook.com/barrelhousesav. Read an interview with Deputy here. Ampersand NYE Party10 p.m. Ampersand, 36 MLK Jr. Blvd. Come ring in the new year with a two-story party featuring drink specials and a DJ all night on the main floor. No cover on the first floor. The second floor will feature a speakeasy in Tucker's Lounge with live music by Main Street Trio, champagne, confetti and $500 in cash and prizes. Cover is $10 for second floor. Learn more at www.andsavannah.com. New Year's at The Westin7 p.m. Dec. 31. The Westin, Hutchinson Island. Enjoy a five-course menu and live music at the Aqua Star Seafood Kitchen at 7 p.m. Cost is $97 for adults and $30 for children. "The Celebration" in the Grand Ballroom is from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. and includes an open bar, desserts, music, champagne toast, fireworks on the river and party favors. Cost is $75 per person. Enjoy both events for $137 per person. Book at www.opentable.com or 912-201-2085. You can also go to www.westinsavannah.com/newyears for room rates. NYE at Pacci5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 31. Pacci Italian Kitchen + Bar, 601 E. Bay St. Pacci will offer two seatings for New Year's Eve. The 5 p.m. dinner features three courses with wine pairings, and the 8 p.m. dinner features a five-course paired menu. Learn more and RSVP by calling 912-233-6002. Ruth's Chris celebrates 20154 p.m. to 2 a.m. Dec. 31. Ruth's Chris Steak House, 111 W. Bay St. Ruth's Chris be opening early and staying open late on New Year's Eve. The entire menu will be available, along with a special three-course prix fixe menu at $70 per person, which also includes a champagne toast. A complimentary glass of champagne will be offered to those making reservations for 10 p.m. or later. Seats are also available in the Red Piano Lounge, with musicians playing throughout the evening. View the menu and make a reservation at www.ruthschris.com/restaurant-locations/savannah. Rock 'n' Roll Blowout7 p.m. Dec. 31. Savannah Smiles, 314 Williamson St. Enjoy party favors, one champagne split and a great rock 'n' roll piano show for just $10 per person. Limited VIP guaranteed seating until 8:30 p.m. for an additional $10 per person (minimum four people.) RSVP to 912-527-6453 and learn more at www.savannahsmilesduelingpianos.com. New Year's Eve cruises7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Dec. 31. Savannah Riverboat Cruises, 9 E. River St. A dinner cruise from 7-9 p.m. is $59.95 per adult and $32.95 per child. The New Year's Eve gala cruise from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. includes hors d'oeuvres, surf and turf buffet featuring lobster tail and carved beef tenderloin, choice of a bottle of house wine or champagne, party favors, live entertainment, dancing and a cash bar on board. Formal cocktail attire is encouraged. Cost is $169.95 per adult or child. The New Year's Eve party cruise from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. features an hors d'oeuvres spread, entertainment, party favors, midnight champagne toast and cash bar on board. Ages 21 and older only. Tickets are $59.95. Advance reservations required for all cruises. Call 800-786-6404 or go to www.savannahriverboat.com. Rockin' New Year's Eve9 p.m. Dec. 31. Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull St. The cast of the historic Savannah Theatre will ring in the new year with a rollicking show of song and dance. Tickets are $55 for adults and $25 for children 17 and younger. Learn more at www.savannahtheatre.com. NYE Extravaganza6 p.m. Dec. 31. Granite, 300 Drayton St. Enjoy food from 6-10 p.m. and a champagne bar. Tickets are $60 or $100 for couples. Get tickets at www.eventbrite.com. New Year's Eve at Club One10 p.m. Dec. 31. Club One, 1 Jefferson St. Get your annual fill of decadence to ring in 2015. The night offers drag shows at 10:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m., champagne toast at midnight and karaoke at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 at www.clubone-online.com. Foxy Loxy NYE7 p.m. Dec. 31. Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St. Foxy Loxy will be open late to ring in the new year. Festivities is the courtyard include fire pits and roasted marshmallows, DJ Jose Ray starting at 8 p.m. and the free champagne toast at the countdown to midnight. Learn more at www.foxyloxycafe.com.
New Year's Eve Party
5 p.m.-midnight Dec. 31. Tybee Island Social Club, 1311 Butler Ave., Tybee Island. Ring in the new year with an oyster roast and music by Waits & Co. from 5-8 p.m., followed by The Train Wrecks at 10 p.m. Come back at noon on New Year's Day for brunch, then Pig Pickin' with Les Racquet at 5 p.m. Make reservations for after 8 p.m. New Year's Eve by calling 912-472-4044.
JAN. 1 Tybee Polar Plunge 11 a.m. Jan. 1. Tybee Island Pier & Pavilion. On New Year's Day, join thousands of people and take the plunge into the frigid Atlantic Ocean at the 15thannual Tybee Polar Plunge. Don't miss the "Gang of Goofs" contest, where everyone is invited to dress up in funny, wacky costumes for a chance to parade in front of an esteemed panel of judges and to win prizes. All proceeds benefit the restoration of the historic Tybee Post Theater. The Gang of Goofs parade and contest is at 11 a.m., with the Polar Plunge at noon. Entry fee is $25 for adults to take the plunge and register for the Gang of Goofs contest and $15 for children younger than 12. Cost includes a long-sleeved Tybee Polar Plunge T-shirt. Tybee Post Theater members enjoy a 10 percent discount off entry fee. Register in person from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 27-31 at the Tybrisa Roundabout on Tybrisa Street or from 9-11:30 a.m. Jan. 1 at the Tybee Island Pier & Pavilion. The deadline to register for the Gang of Goofs contest is 10:30 a.m. Jan. 1. Register online at www.tybeepolarplunge.com. Read more about the event here. 39th annual New Year's Bluegrass FestivalNoon-10 p.m. Jan. 1 and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 2-3. Jekyll Island Convention Center, 75 N. Beachview Drive, Jekyll Island. The three-day New Year's Bluegrss Festival is back! The Jan. 1 lineup features The Clinton Gregory Bluegrass Band, The James King Band, The Spinney Brothers, Springfield Exit, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage and Gene Watson and The Farewell Party Band. The Jan. 2 schedule includes The Tennessee Gentlemen, The Spinney Brothers, The Gary Waldrep Band, Goldwing Express, The Gibson Brothers and Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver. Jan. 3 features Bluebilly Grit, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Nothin' Fancy, The Little Roy & Lizzy Show, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Dailey and Vincent and Jimmy Fortune. Three-day reserved tickets are $95 for adults and $50 for children ages 7-15; three-day general admission tickets are $90 for adults and $45 for children; daily reserved tickets are $45 for adults and $25 for children; daily general admission tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children. Children younger than 7 admitted free with a parent. To order tickets, go to www.adamsbluegrass.com. Read an interview with Dale Watson here.